Concert review: Musical birthday

To celebrate the 92nd birthday of veteran violinist Haim Taub, a congratulatory concert was performed as part of the Opus Festival

By URY EPPSTEIN
May 2, 2017 20:55
1 minute read.
violinist Haim Taub

RENOWNED ISRAELI violinist Haim Taub teaching a 2011 Keshet Eilon master class. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

To celebrate the 92nd birthday of veteran violinist Haim Taub, my classmate, who for several decades was the first violinist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, a congratulatory concert was performed as part of the Opus Festival.

The world premiere of a new Israeli work, Frequent Flyer, for two violins and chamber orchestra, was composed by Oded Zehavi for the occasion. Despite its suggestive title, its connection with the music did not become quite clear. Its first and last fast movements might perhaps evoke the velocity of an airplane, while the slow one could portray the relaxed slumber of a business-class passenger – but then, this was after all no more than the common structure of a standard classical concerto. The work will come in handy whenever a 15-minute Israeli alibi piece is required for a classical concert program. The soloists, Guy Braunstein and Matan Dagan, performed the piece with remarkable mutual attentiveness.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Under the motto “Everything you can do, I can do better,” Taub’s disciple Braunstein attempted to improve on Tchaikovsky by an arrangement of three pieces from his Swan Lake and Eugen Onegin. He performed them with brilliant virtuosity, and Taub should be proud of his former pupil.

Violinist Kolja Blacher had come especially from Germany in honor of Taub to be the soloist of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. He sang the work on his violin with uncommon purity of sound, a fresh, energetic and lively tempo in the fast movements, and genuine Romantic expression of the poetic slow one. It was a performance such as one is only seldom privileged to hear of this frequently played work.

The orchestral part was provided expertly and impressively by the Israel Camerata led by guest conductor Roberto Paternostro.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko visits the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Je
November 16, 2018
Yad Vashem hosts a conference on Lithuanian Jewish leadership

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF